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Mechanical Engineering for Non‑Mechanical Engineers

This seminar is a MUST for any individual seeking in-depth knowledge of all the principles and practices of mechanical engineering and mechanical equipment or who simply would like to refresh and enhance their understanding in the area of mechanical engineering.

This seminar is for individuals who would like to gain an understanding of the principles of mechanical engineering in a simple and easy to grasp format. This seminar will cover all disciplines of mechanical engineering including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and control systems without relying on complex mathematics.

This seminar will be taught in an easy to understand manner and will utilize illustrated case studies to demonstrate practical examples of applied mechanical engineering. In this seminar the delegates will gain an understanding of the operation and maintenance of all mechanical equipment including the various types of pumps, compressors, valves, and actuators. In addition, this seminar will cover how mechanical equipment operates, the latest advances in maintenance techniques, and it will provide the necessary guidelines and rules to ensure the successful operation of this equipment.

This seminar will teach the delegates how to select and size all mechanical equipment.  It will also teach: (1) how to specify all mechanical equipment, (2) maintenance activities required for all mechanical equipment and (3) all the safety concepts associated with mechanical equipment.

This seminar will provide the following information for all mechanical equipment:

  • Basic Design
  • Selection Criteria
  • Sizing Calculations
  • Enclosures and Sealing Arrangements
  • Codes and Standards
  • All Testing and Maintenance

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals

What You Will Learn

  • Mechanical Engineering Disciplines: Gain an in-depth knowledge of all mechanical engineering disciplines including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and control systems
  • Equipment Operation: Gain a thorough understanding of the operating characteristics of all essential mechanical equipment
  • Equipment Testing: Understand thoroughly all the tests required for all essential mechanical equipment
  • Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Determine all the maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize the downtime and operating cost of all essential mechanical equipment
  • Equipment Sizing: Gain a detailed understanding of all the calculations and sizing techniques used for all essential mechanical equipment
  • Equipment Selection: Learn how to select all essential mechanical equipment by using the performance characteristics and selection criteria that you will learn in this seminar
  • Equipment Enclosures and Sealing Methods: Learn about the various types of enclosures and sealing arrangements used for all essential mechanical equipment
  • Equipment Codes and Standards: Learn all the codes and standards applicable for all essential mechanical equipment

Training Methodology

The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all the participants gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because participants will learn by case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

Special Feature

Each participant will receive a copy of the following material written by the instructor:

  • Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide, published by McGraw-Hill in 2012 (800 pages)
  • Practical Manual (200 pages)

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Day 1 - Pumps, Mechanical Seals, and Compressors

  • Pump Categories: Dynamic (Centrifugal) and Positive Displacement (Reciprocating and Rotary)
  • Centrifugal Pumps: Operation, Casings and Diffusers, Hydrostatic Pressure Tests, Impellers, Hydraulic Balancing Devices, Mechanical Seals, Minimum Flow Requirement, Performance Characteristics, Cavitation, and Net positive Suction Head
  • Maintenance Recommended for Centrifugal Pumps
  • Centrifugal Pump Mechanical Seals, Basic Components, Seal balance, Face Pressure, Pressure-Velocity, Power Consumption, Temperature Control
  • Reciprocating Pumps, Piston Pumps, Plunger Pumps, Rotary Pumps, Screw Pumps, Two- and Three-Lobe Pumps
  • Pump Maintenance, Inspection, Overhaul, Diagnoses of Pump Troubles
  • Rotary and Reciprocating Compressors
  • Dynamic Compressors (Centrifugal and Axial)
  • Centrifugal and Axial Compressors
  • Centrifugal Compressors – Components, Performance Characteristics, Balancing, Surge Prevention Systems and Testing
  • Choking, and Anti-Choking Systems

Day 2 - Feedback Control, Control Valves, and Actuators

  • Introduction to Feedback Control Systems
  • Process and Instrument Elements of the Feedback Loop
  • Feedback Control Algorithm
  • Proportional-Integral-Derivative Controller
  • Determining Tuning Constants that Give Good Control Performance
  • Correlations for Tuning Constants
  • Fine-Tuning the Controller
  • General Categories of Control Valves
  • Rangeability, End Connections, Shutoff Capability
  • Valve Sizing
  • Pneumatic of Actuators
  • Piston Actuators
  • Electric Actuators
  • Diagnostic Testing of Control Loops
  • Air-Operated Valves Diagnostics
  • Motors-Operated Valves Diagnostics